Betty Shubert

Betty Kreisel Shubert: Costume Designer/Fashion Historian/Author-Illustrator of the book Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved (see http://www.outofstylethebook.com/). Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013, by Family Tree Magazine UK, Our Top Choice and Finalist 2014 USA Best Book Awards: Performing Arts Theatre – Film category. Beverly Hills Best Book Award, Performing Arts.

How Kilts Were Built

Posted by Betty Shubert on May 24, 2016 in Research

This story began when Janice Moerschel sent a photo of a handsome, fun loving group of people in a wedding party in Scotland. I dated it as approximately 1933-1935 based on the hairstyles, long soft dresses on the women and well-tailored, formal suits on the men. Within the photograph, there is an adorable little boy who was wearing Read More

Dating Family Photographs Using Historical Fashion Clues

Posted by Betty Shubert on July 27, 2015 in Research

The women in this photo are wearing soft, formal gowns of the early 1930s. Their short hairstyles and coronet-shaped headpieces are of the era except for the bridesmaid on the right who is somewhat fashion forward, her hair is longer as worn in 1935. The men are so classic and well tailored it is hard to specifically date Read More

How Corsets Evolved in 1800s-1900s Women’s Fashion

Posted by Betty Shubert on May 21, 2015 in Website

We are fast approaching the summer season, which means shorts, ,and sandals. But you may not know that no matter the season, some of our female ancestors had to wear tightly laced corsets, numerous petticoats, hoops, and later bustles, all before modern air conditioning. Can you imagine? I’m reminded of the scene in Gone With the Read More

Historical Fashion Expert Helps Time Date Your Old Family Photos

Posted by Betty Shubert on April 9, 2015 in Website

Earlier this year, we introduced a series on our blog featuring the expertise of Betty Shubert, historical fashion expert and author of Out of Style to help time date old family photographs based on our ancestor’s fashion choices and clothing trends of their time.  You can see Betty’s first post which gives an overview of fashion trends in Read More

How Historical Fashions Influence Today’s Red Carpet

Posted by Betty Shubert on February 20, 2015 in Website

The beautiful gowns shown here were worn on the red carpets of the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards shows. They are perfect examples of gowns that are truly timeless but with subtle historical influences. As a historical fashion expert and costume designer, I wanted share some of my favorite gowns that walked the red carpet in Read More

Was Your Grandma A Fashion Maverick?

Posted by Betty Shubert on December 23, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Research

How much do you know about your grandmother’s fashion sense? Hollywood costume designer Betty Kreisel Shubert, author of Out of Style, is considered the go-to vintage fashion expert. Betty received three unidentified photos of Denise Levenick’s grandmother, Arline Allen Kinsel, and was tasked with trying to determine the time/date of the photographs.     The Bolero Read More

How Old Family Photos Can Be Dated by Fashions

Posted by Betty Shubert on November 18, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Research

Shortly after I began writing my now award winning book, Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved, I met the late Caroline Rober, past president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Caroline sent me a family picture to date for her. It showed two women Read More